Billy Joe Shaver recovering after minor heart surgery

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After canceling his three scheduled July shows due to chest pain — including an appearance at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic last week and an upcoming appearance in Luckenbach — Billy Joe Shaver is recovering from minor heart surgery, including a stent procedure yesterday.

Shaver, 71, famously suffered a heart attack on stage in 2001 at the Gruene Hall while playing a New Year’s Eve show. He is expected to make a full recovery and will resume performing in August, said manager Greg Henry.

“He’s scheduled for a bunch of shows in August, and we’ll take stock but we don’t intend to cancel anything at this point,” said Henry. “He even thought he could do his show in Luckenbach on the 17, but we decided it was better to have him rest for a while.”

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